Derby County boss Frank Lampard is considering his future at the club due to owner Mel Morris looking to cut costs and his desire to sell the club.
The businessman appointed Lampard at the start of the season and the 40-year-old has the Rams in the mix for a top-six finish.
However, the Times have revealed that Lampard is unsure about his long-term future due to the uncertainty above him and will assess the situation in the summer.
The East Midlands outfit are believed to be losing up to £2m a month which could bring FFP sanctions further down the line if they fail to go up and a new buyer is not found.
So, even though Lampard has done well, Derby may need to be thinking about their next move if he goes and here we look at THREE potential candidates they should consider…
The German is available after leaving Huddersfield and he will be a leading contender for any Championship job.
Wagner worked miracles with the Terriers on a budget and got the side playing fast, attacking football when they were in the second-tier.
Whether he will see Derby as a step-down after working in the Premier League remains to be seen but they are a big club and the potential is huge if he could turn things around.
Alternatively, if the Rams are looking for continuity they could go with Lampard’s assistant – Morris.
He did a superb job with the Chelsea youth teams before moving to Pride Park with Lampard and is a respected figure in the game.
The chance to step up will surely appeal and it’s a move that could work.
Another option Derby would have to consider is going down the lower league route and Danny Cowley is a standout option after the work he has done with Lincoln.
They are on the verge of a second promotion under the 40-year-old and brother Nicky, with the pair really making a name for themselves.
If Derby are cutting costs they may want to start a new approach focusing on young, hungry players and Cowley could be the ideal leader for that.